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The Surprising Orioles

By Shannon Stern

 

When thinking of the Baltimore Orioles, one thinks of the star players it once boasted: Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Eddie Murray among others. However, the first thought on most people’s minds is the losing season the Orioles have had since 1998. This season, however, the times have changed, and so have the Orioles.

               

The 2012 season is the first season in fifteen seasons that the Orioles will not have a losing record at the end of the season. Not only will they not have a losing record, they, most likely, will make the playoffs as well.

               

As the rivalry with the New York Yankees continues, so does the battle for first place in the American League East. As of September 15, 2012, the Orioles are a half of a game back from first place with the Yankees in the lead and a current record of 81 - 63. The powerhouse Orioles team is comprised of star players like Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Wilson Betemit, Jason Hammel, and others.

               

This season also marked the unveiling of statues of Orioles’ greats, those mentioned previously. Fans, however, are not turning out to just see the unveiling of the statues, but they’re coming out in the masses to Camden Yards to support the birds. This is the first season in a while where seats are hard to come by. Fans are flocking to the ballpark, as evident from the packed stands. It’s nice to see Baltimore rooting for two birds this fall sport’s season and not just the Ravens. Go Orioles!